From March 10th to March 24th, 2019, five hip hop artists will travel to the Dominican Republic as part of the Next Level program. Dancer Leigh “Breeze-Lee” Foaad, DJ Carlos “DJ Quest” Aguilar, Graffiti/Aerosol Artist Danielle Mastrion, and MC Divinity Roxx will join team manager Kane Smego to perform for audiences and collaborate with local artists to promote cross-culture exchange and conflict resolution. The team is part of a larger Next Level cohort of twenty American MC’s, DJ’s, beat makers, and hip hop dancers leading exchange programs across the globe. You can read more about the artists here. Follow us on social media to stay up to date with the trip!
Leigh “Breeze-Lee” Foaad has been training and working professionally as a principle dancer for Rennie Harris “Puremovement” (RHPM) since 2005. One of his proudest moments with RHPM was in March 2012, when he was selected as a Cultural Ambassador for The Obama Administration, BAM, and DanceMotion USA, providing services in Egypt, Israel & Palestine.
Breeze-lee found a love for a street-dance style called “Popping” in 2002 and has been competing in national and international venues ever since. Some of his biggest victories include Popping Champion for “The Week” in Italy, “Bust a Move” in Canada, “Freestyle Session” in Los Angeles, and North American Champion for “R-16 Qualifier”, which led Leigh to represent USA at the Finals in Seoul, Korea.
Leigh is also the co-founder and co-artistic Director of the non-profit Versa-Style Dance Company, where he is determined to express and share the knowledge and importance of Hip-hop culture. He is also currently an Adjunct Lecturer at UCLA’s Dept. of World Arts & Cultures/Dance teaching Hip-hop dance.
DJ Quest is a founding member of Bullet Proof Scratch Hamsters/Space Travelerz and is a devotee of an original, reverse form of scratching that he has coined ‘Hamster Style’. In this outfit and with his experimental jazz/hip hop group Livehuman, DJ Quest has performed in Europe, Australia, Japan and around the U.S. He is also a featured artist in the Doug Pray documentary ‘SCRATCH’, and works with Quest School of DJ Arts/The DJ Project – a non-profit community organization offering arts entrepreneurship programs. He has also written ‘The Beginner’s DJ Guide’ to introduce readers to scratch music and help expand the accessibility of turntables as instruments.
Danielle Mastrion is a Brooklyn-born painter and muralist. She earned a B.F.A from Parsons School of Design, and is a self-taught aerosol artist and educator. Danielle has been painting murals locally and internationally since 2012, and her work has taken her around the world. She chooses festivals that have a direct relationship to the local communities and that put local artists together with international ones. Danielle’s work focuses on social justice, specifically women’s rights and youth education. She works with many schools, shelters, youth-based mentoring organizations, conservation organizations, and several anti-gun violence organizations. She is a Teaching Artist with Creative Art Works in NYC and a trained oil painter with a background in Live Painting. She has several ongoing residencies in NYC where she is an active participant in the local art and activism communities. Her work has been featured in the A&E channel’s “In Focus” artist series, New Balance’s “Made Mondays”, Budweiser’s “Respect The Hustle” campaign, Spike Lee’s “She’s Gotta Have It” Netflix series, the documentary “No Free Walls”, and the upcoming “Street Heroines” documentary.
Divinity Roxx is a songwriter and bass-player in Atlanta, Georgia. In her career playing bass she has performed with the bands of Victor Wooten and Beyoncé, and has appeared on Saturday Night Live, The Grammy’s, and at a special performance at the White House for president Barack Obama. Since then she has been working on solo material and will be an MC with Next Level.